December 29th, 2015

Uganda FW is safely ended

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   All the members of Uganda Field Work are safely arrived at Matsuyama on Dec. 28th early morning. Since it was our first school trip to African continent, many people were worried about the safeness in Uganda and the health of students, but trip members didn’t had a big injury or huge danger, and came back all in safe. I hope for each student to express their surprising experience to the usual life. 

December 25th, 2015

A letter from Uganda NO.10

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   In the morning, we visited vegetable farm in Gayaza. This farm is started by Ms. Mariko Yoshida, who married with Mr. Josef, Ugandan, to make Uganda wealthier from agriculture. The place was already used as a farm, increasing the area, and recently started to open this area for studying. We were the first visitor! Ms. Mariko Yoshida was introduced in a TV show called “A Japanese woman who married to a rarely-visited region”. We didn’t feel this place was such “rarely-visited region”, but reminded us of the long distance from Japan.
   We enjoyed Christmas Party Lunch with her family. The Party was so huge, 50 people with relatives and sisters from nearby church, and there were many children but had a very relaxing time. Students played a lot with the children in many ways, singing, doing game of smart phone, looking at insect, arm wrestling, finger wrestling, and others. We found that tagging is a worldwide game. The feasts were so delicious that this was the best food in Uganda.
   In the night, 8 volunteer members in Rainbow house visited our hotel as a surprise and we had the second chance to celebrate Christmas! Since we had little time at Rainbow house, many were thinking “want to talk a little bit more”, and maybe Santa Claus gave us a chance as a Christmas present. We had 3 hours full to talk and eat together.
   The whole schedule is over now. In the noon tomorrow, we will be heading to the airport and start our way back to Japan. How big this experience was for our students! I have no doubt that in 10 or 20 years later this experience will lead to Japan or Global impact for some kind, by sharing this experience with all of Matsuyama Higashi students after we are back. We appreciate all the people who had involved with this field work and we deserve continuous help.
   Just to notice, we are planning to make a presentation about this field work in Final Presentation held in March 3rd.


December 24th, 2015

A letter from Uganda NO.9

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   Today, we visited wild life educational center in Entebbe, beside the Lake Victoria. Since we informed them about the visit before through JICA, we were able to have a special program, touching elephant, lion, and snake in the backyard and listening to a specific explanation about animals. The elephant was brought to this center since its parents was killed by ivory poaching just after birth. Although they never had the experience to feed elephant, one of the staff of Yokohama Zoo visited and taught them how. Even the elephant has some connection with Japan!
   In the afternoon, we had the second time with JICA staff to discuss. First, students presented what they had learned from the field work. Then there was a question and answer time, and ended up with encouraging words from JICA staffs. Let me share some words.
“If you want to do International Corporation, English plus some kind of special skill is needed.”
“If you have some kind of core in your heart, you will reach to the goal whether which way you go.”
“Learning is not for your own but for helping someone else.”
“You should learn well about Japan at first. To learn about the system in Japan, you can compare it with the other country, and can find what you have to do.”
“Healthy is the first step. Train your body while young.”
These words are universal comments, but since they came through the global experience, I think every student kept them deeply to their heart.
 We only have 1 day left at Uganda, and now it is time for each student to remind what they have experienced with many emotions of people we met, and deepen one’s mind.


December 23rd, 2015

A letter from Uganda NO.8

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   After visiting the equator, we headed to the National Masaka Central Hospital. The director of the hospital told us that the hospital was built in 1927 by the king of the age, which has a long history and biggest hospital of the around 8 states. Normally, there are about 2000 patients and 350 inpatients. Taking 3 years from 2009, Japan has donated to this hospital and built new ward and bought new machines. So the patients and inpatients increased. There are 18 doctors, 97 nurses, and 300 staffs in the hospital. Malaria and high-blood pressure is the main disease to check.
   The volunteer Mr. Kobayashi who works in this hospital has the qualification of Clinical Engineering Technologist (or Medical Engineer), so he helps the hospital by checking the machines and organizing tools (in the method of 5S, Japanese words for arrange, tidy up, clean, nurture, and sanitary) to improve the medical quality. Mr. Kobayashi told us that this hospital is free to use, but there are lack of medicine, or mistaken diagnosis caused by irresponsible check (for example, make diagnosis of malaria to every patient who has a head ache or stomach ache) , and other things which cannot happen in Japan. He also said that the thought of “Medical Service” doesn’t exist in Uganda, so he wanted to expand it.
   On the way to the hotel, we stopped at the market where they sell “Senene” (the glass hopper) since Masaka Area is famous for it. There were many types of cooked “Senene”, rare, fried, and roasted. We bought some after reducing price. The seller, who was a young lady, seemed very curious watching many Japanese buying “Senene”.
   Dinner was taken at Japanese Restaurant handing Katsu-don, Oyako-don and Ramen. This restaurant is served by Korean, but it tasted good, and the smell of soy sauce reminded that I am Japanese.


A letter from Uganda NO.7

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   On 10:07 of Dec. 23, we arrived at the equator. In the photo you can see students lining up on the equator, and Mr. Kato on the Northern Hemisphere, Mr. Ninomiya on the Southern Hemisphere. We also watched the experiment of water swirl, to check that the swirl is opposite in each Hemisphere, and doesn’t swirl on the equator. We received the certificate and the word “Matsuyama Higashi High School” was left at the equator. It is already 7 days since we left Japan, and thinking of what we experienced, something warm filled our heart.


December 22nd, 2015

A letter from Uganda NO.6

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   In the AM, we visited Rainbow house which is supported under Ashinaga Uganda (Ashinaga Scholarship Society working in Uganda). Rainbow house is a school where children who lost their parents by HIV or other reasons. After we introduced our selves, we played with the Origami (paper folding craft), eat laver, played catch ball, and danced outside together with the children. Amazingly, there were 8 Japanese University students volunteering in Rainbow house. They all were taking a year of absence to the University and live together in the Rainbow house. One who wanted to be a teacher was helping teachers of the house, and one who is studying science was working in the nearby factory. We had the chance to talk with them.
   In this field work, we are able to see Japanese in so many places which we couldn’t imagine! It is very incentive for students to visit and see what Japanese are doing in Uganda, and also to learn how they think through the talk with them.

   The lunch was taken at the Uganda Restaurant. We ate mostly the same menu with yesterday, only steamed cassava and yam added. What we learned now is that there are no variations for Uganda dishes. The goat meat and potato kinds are very delicious, but we understand the word of JICA member saying “Eating same food in every dish makes us not to eat any”.
   In the afternoon, we visited the JICA office and asked many questions each other to learn about their works. Then we visited craft market and tried some price decreasing. Then we moved to Korean Restaurant to have dinner with JICA staff and volunteers. We heard about the love of volunteers which could not be taught under the daylight, and other stories to share, a fun time which makes us feel time past so fast.
   Tomorrow is the day to visit hospital.


December 21st, 2015

A letter from Uganda NO.5

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   We started our schedule with the visit to JICA Uganda office. We heard from Mr. Kawasumi the outline of JICA and about International Corporation (why it is important, who is in the project, each country’s characteristics (USA, Japan, Korea, and others) and so on). Since he taught us about it in many different ways of look, it was very informative. Every problem is not easy to solve, but by listening to his story, it made us to think how we should involve with the world, and what to do in our life time. He also encouraged us that acting/participating is very important because the information you got through your own feet is very valuable, so, since we stepped in to Uganda, look at many things as possible before going back to Japan.
   In the afternoon, we moved to National Crop Source Research Institute, and studied about rice project going on by JICA. In Uganda, rice was one of the familiar crops but demand has increased, for its easily cooking, many of them were imported. So this place is researching for developing more rice in Uganda. In the wide field, there grew “Nerica” (New rice for Africa) along with corn and cassava. We took Lunch at the Research Institute, its Uganda dishes was very familiar tasting for us Japanese, as we heard in the before-the-trip-training.
   We also enjoyed some communication with Ugandans at the market we stopped on the way to the hotel.


December 20th, 2015

A letter from Uganda NO.4

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   In the dinner, Mr. Kawasumi, the director of JICA Uganda office, brought us to the Chinese restaurant. All the students blessed at the chopsticks then ate many feasts like fried rice, Yakisoba, Soup, meat dishes, and others. Hungry students ate so many in a short time, maybe because of playing the baseball game or of age, Mr. Kawasumi was amazed at them.
   We also had a chance to eat “Glass hopper” while we wait for the feasts to come! The “Glass hopper delicious” which we learned in the Before-the-trip-training! One student was introduced it as “shrimp” for the first bite, but after he realized it is the glass hopper, he tried again and again. Other students also ate it saying “yammy!” and it all gone in a few minutes. In Uganda, glass hopper is an exclusive food, and it is almost the last season for this year. To catch the glass hopper people use light, which causes black out around, so it is called glass hopper blackout and it happens a lot. To eat, you peel off the wing and leg, put some salt and roast. It become like a fried glass hopper because there are many oil in the glass hopper. Very easy cooking but very delicious!


A letter from Uganda NO.3

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   Today we had a baseball match against Uganda team. Before we start, we did some warm-up, catch ball, and knock fungoes. In the opening ceremony, we handed the gift of Baseball goods which we brought from Japan. Then the game started with the shout from Japanese team circle which must be the first ever shout in the Land of Africa “Ganbatte-ikimasshoi!” It was loud enough to reach the sky of Uganda. The Uganda team (Gayaza team) members were about 19 years old. The Japanese team (Matsuyama Higashi team) members are 8 of our students, 3 pupil helpers, and Mr. Okello, the pupil’s baseball manager who once played in Kobe’s pro-baseball team.
   Here is the headline of the match.
   Pitcher Fujimoto was caught in the beginning which scored 2-0 at the 2nd inning. But with the Kariyama’s homerun and others’ effort, we scored 4 points at the 3rd inning coming from behind. Pitcher Fujimoto and Aono’s great effort, we saved the 3rd and 4th inning on the score of 0. Then we changed the pitcher to the pupil at 5th inning. At that inning we lost 8 points and couldn’t recover it. The game ended at 4-10.
   After the match, we ate lunch together chatting about baseball and other things. We also took time with Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers who came to watch the game, which was a good chance for students to ask questions. In the end, we received T-shirt from Uganda team!
   Saying good bye to the baseball field, we visited to the house of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer, living right near the baseball field to coach baseball team. The house was no water, no electricity (have the line but mostly out of power), and the cooperating toilet and showering place. We understood how it is hard to live in Uganda, which is too bad compared to Kenya as one of the volunteer told. Each day we learn a lot.


December 19th, 2015

A letter from Uganda NO.2

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   Today we visited the construction site of The New Nile Bridge Project. This project is done by the help of yen loan project of ODA, which is the biggest project going on in Uganda.
   The new bridge is now constructing 525 meters above from the old bridge which was constructed 60 years ago. The consulting company of this project is from Ehime, whom the director is a person who took part in constructing Shimanami Kaido (an expressway with 9 bridges to link to lands through islands over the sea). Also, the constructing company is a joint company of Zenitaka Co. from Japan and Hyundai Co. from Korea. The bridge is going to appeal on April 2018, now constructing foundation, to ramming the posts into the river.
   It was very interesting for us to see the global working place with many Japanese involve.

   After the construction site, we moved to source of River Nile. The spot is said to be a place where water comes apart from the Lake Victoria. We went to the spot by the boat. The water takes about 3 months to reach to Egypt and pour in to the Mediterranean Sea.
   On the way to the hotel, we stopped at Barbeque market on the road side, and ate burned banana, jackfruits, and others surrounded by many sellers. It was full of activity for today. Tomorrow is a baseball day!


December 18th, 2015

A letter from Uganda NO.1

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   We are safely arrived at Uganda!
   There was an accident of arriving at Kigali International Airport instead of crowded Entebbe International Airport, but we all are now in the land of Uganda! We were welcomed by the JICA staff members at hotel, and with their help we smoothly checked in and ate dinner.
   Tomorrow we are going to the River Nile!


A letter from Doha

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   We are here in Doha waiting for connecting flight. In the monitor near the ceiling, shows a soccer game, which is very thoughtful for me, because of the “tragedy of Doha”. (It is about the soccer game between Japan and Iraq in 1993, the last match of World Cup Qualifying (Asian area) ended up with draw by the goal made by Iraq at the additional time. Since if Japan won, it became the first-ever berth in the World Cup, this match is called “tragedy of Doha” in Japan.) Although, students as always, doing their homework, maybe they have no emotion to it.
   The airport is very wide it reminds me of oil money. Surprising with the Arabian signs all around, we are going to ride on the last airplane to Uganda.

December 17th, 2015

This years last Research Program for 1st grade

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   We had the last research program class in Dec. 17th. Since it was few days after the Interim Presentation, (check the article on Dec. 14th) every class was very animated. There was a class getting ready for making poster, introducing poem in Hindi, or a lesson from graduate student. Every student is now concentrating toward the final presentation on March 3rd.


Heading to Uganda

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   8 students, all in 2nd grade SG course, and 2 teachers are leaving Matsuyama for the Uganda Field Work. This Field Work has 3 purposes. One is to deepen the research which each student are working, like always. Different from other field work, the second purpose is for overseas cooperation, and the last is for international contribution. As our principal said, this field work is special for donations from many companies and people.
   We are going to show how we are doing through this site so check it out!


   Now we are in Kansai International Airport, all procedure is done, just waiting for boarding. We are off to Uganda!

December 16th, 2015

Ready for Uganda FW

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   All the members of Uganda FW gathered in Principal’s room. Principal suggested that “This Uganda FW is different from the FW we have done before, not to research about companies or not to research for your research program. This FW is new for our school in 2 points, one is that the theme of this FW is for understanding international cooperation, and second is that this FW has taken opportunity by the donations from companies and persons who agreed with the theme. I would like for each one of you to understand the purpose and its support while you stand and see in the land of Africa. And after you are back in Japan, please tell what you saw and what you thought in Africa, and connect the experience to a next step.” One of the members answered “We would like to study a lot and be careful with our health, so that this Uganda FW will be organized yearly.”
   Since 2014, the start of SGH, this is our first step to the 3rd continent, Africa!


CLIL in World History

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   On 7th of Dec., we welcomed guests from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Guests observed 2 classes and one of them was CLIL in World History. (The other class was doing English (Discussion & Debate). )    The theme was about “The crusade”, and student presented in English about their research. Their research was deeper than what they learned in Japanese, further information about persons and events of the Crusade. In the end, Mr. Murakami, our World History teacher taught passionately (in English, of course!) about the peace and love from each student’s presentation, and also the meaning of learning history. All students looked impressed with Mr. Murakami’s great English presentation.


December 15th, 2015

Thank you very much for offering presents to Uganda

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   Today, we packed our presents to bring to Uganda. There are helmets, bats and balls from Baseball Club, Mathematics box, rulers and compasses from students which ended up to 10 boxes of total about 100kg! We appreciate all who offered these presents. 10 members of Uganda FW will bring one each to Uganda.

December 14th, 2015

An Interim Presentation of 2015

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   Today, we had an Interim Presentation of 2015. This presentation started with piano played by Ms. Maki Kubo, who went to Nice (France) this summer for learning Music. The main presentation was made by 3 groups from 2nd grade, presenting about their research. Since this is an interim report, presentation concluded with what they will do until the last presentation on March 3rd. Then, we took time for poster session, presenting all research done in 2nd grade SG course, using one or several posters. Since 1st grade is also going to make posters on March 3rd, 1st grade was walking around and making questions to the researcher. In the end, there was also a presentation from Ms. Chihiro Nagaoka, who spent a month in Italy this summer for learning architectonics.
   This Interim Presentation is mainly for 1st grade to make image of what to do for next 2 months, and also a preparation for 2nd grade to make presentation on March.


Before-the-trip-training for Uganda

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   On 10th of Dec., the second before-the-trip-training for Uganda Field Work had been held. This time, we invited Mr. Edward and Ms. Betty, both from Uganda researching in Ehime University’s School of Medicine, and also Mr. Saeki and Mr. Hayashi, both joined Japan International Cooperation Agency before and visited Uganda. Today’s lesson was about some words of Uganda, introduction of Uganda, and what is it like in Uganda with many pictures and movies. All the information was very useful and fresh, it was important time for the members of Uganda FW.


December 3rd, 2015

Practicing Baseball for Uganda FW

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   In our schedule of Uganda field work, from Dec. 17 to Dec. 27, we are going to have a baseball game with Uganda team. This game will be held at the baseball field constructed by the help of Cultural Grant Assistance, part of our ODA project.
   As a preparation for the game, we had a practice with 8 participant students and teacher Mr. Iwaki, who was in a baseball club when he was in high school. This was the only chance to check our teamwork. The practice started with catching, next knock fungoes, and last was batting. Many curious or amazing plays to be seen, a girl ringing the bat with a great long hit, baseball club member showing a surprising solid glove, and a boy who couldn’t even touch the ball with the bat because of lack of experience. When Mr. Iwaki advised the boy to “put the bat on your shoulder”, and soon he was able to hit with a ball with a surprising sound!


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